unmanned aerial systems (UAS) News

Long-Awaited U.S. Drone Safety Rules Call for Extensive Tracking Network

All but the smallest civilian drones would have to broadcast radio tracking data to ensure greater safety and prevent terrorism under a sweeping proposal unveiled by U.S. regulators Thursday. The long-awaited draft rules call for a massive new tracking network …

On-Demand Insurance to Play Major Role in Industry’s Future: IUA Research

On-demand insurance will play a fundamental role in the future of the industry, according to research published by the International Underwriting Association (IUA). Pay-as-you go models of cover will allow customers to automatically activate policies, when and where they need …

Airports Told They Need FAA Approval to Install Drone Defense Measures

The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airports in a letter released on Wednesday they could not install drone countermeasures without federal consent, warning they could pose an aviation safety risk by interfering with aircraft navigation and air navigation services. The …

Senators Push Regulator to Finalize Drone ID System

Two U.S. senators on Monday urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to finalize a long-delayed rule that would require the remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The U.S. Congress tasked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2016 with …

U.S. Plan for Major Expansion of Drone Uses Allows Flights at Night, Above Crowds

The federal government has unveiled a long-awaited set of proposals to dramatically expand civilian drone flights while also tightening security, critical steps for an industry seeking to expand into robot aerial deliveries and scores of other commercial uses in populated …

UK Insurtech Flock Launches Pay-As-You-Fly Drone Insurance

Flock, a London based startup, has launched Europe’s first “pay-as-you-fly” drone insurance solution. The “Flock Cover” smartphone app provides on-demand insurance for commercial drone pilots in the UK, with policies starting from just £5 ($7) for up to eight hours …

Insurers, Tech Firms ‘Must Work Together’ to Tackle Emerging Technology Risks

The World Economic Forum is bringing insurers, tech firms and governments together to find ways to tackle risks from new technology such as drones and driverless cars, it said on Thursday. Tech firms have moved fast to develop new products, …

Allianz, Insurtech Startup Flock to Launch Pay-As-You-Fly Drone Cover in UK

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has partnered with insurtech startup Flock to launch on-demand drone insurance in the UK market through a mobile app for commercial and recreational users. To be available in the UK market later this year, …

Amazon’s Delivery Drone Project Focuses on Birds (and How to Avoid Them)

Amazon.com Inc.’s development of package-delivery drones is progressing to the point where the company is now thinking a lot about geese. The e-commerce company said Thursday it has started development of an air-traffic control system to manage its fleet as …

TMK Offers Construction Insurance in UK, Ireland via Online Broker Portal

Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK), the international specialist insurance business, has added construction to its One TMK broker portal. The tailor-made construction insurance product is underwritten through a fully automated process, TMK said, noting the platform provides an efficient way for …